A press release today reported that Torstar (owner of Northumberland News) and PostMedia (Owner of Northumberland Today) have swapped a collection of newspapers – mostly in Ontario. They also announced that most of the exchanged Newspapers will be shut down and although dates for ceasing publication are not clear, it was explicitly announced that Northumberland Today would be shut down “effective today”. In total, the closures will result in the loss of approximately 244 jobs. Since Northumberland News was not swapped and since it was not included in the papers to be shut down, it seems that the move is a way of consolidating in various markets so Cobourg will have only one newspaper and that will be Northumberland News.
In addition to the shutdown of 47 community Newspapers, 4 free Metro newspapers will also shut down.
The shutdowns are blamed on declines in print advertising revenue. Although the change is effective today, it is not clear when the actual shut down date for Northumberland Today will be [but it looks like Monday was the last edition]. PostMedia said that they will close most of their newly acquired newspapers mid January.
Northumberland Today was originally a number of separate newspapers covering Port Hope and Colborne as well as Cobourg. The Cobourg paper was the Cobourg Star and (as far as I can tell), was founded in 1831. The Cobourg Sentinel ran independently from 1861-1879 then merged with the Star in 1880 to become the Cobourg Sentinel-Star (1880-1972), the Cobourg Star (1973-1976) and the Cobourg Daily Star (1977-Feb. 2009). The Cobourg World ran from 1864 -1948. The Star changed to Northumberland Today as of February 2009.
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Addendum – November 28
Today, subscribers to Northumberland Today received a letter from Abe Fakhourie, Regional Director of Circulation for Metrolandmedia which said that the last edition was the November 27th paper. Subscribers were also informed that Metrolandmedia would “be in touch in the very near future to discuss your account status with you”.